The Twelve: Apocalypse returns
and tries to hunt down a dozen mutants who are philosophized to
destroy him, or wage war on mankind, or maybe make him all powerful
Or something…. Not even the creative team seemed to know.
Maximum Security: Aliens try to
turn Earth into a giant Espcape from New York style prison for their
most dangerous criminals. Not a high point of Kurt Busiek’s
otherwise stellar Avengers run. This would be the last major
crossover for awhile during the Jemas/Quesada years.
The Kang Dynasty: Not
technically a crossover but special notice should be given to Kurt
Busiek’s 16-part magnum opus which closed out his Avengers run. Kang
takes on EVERYONE and wins conquering the world and destroying
Washington DC to boot. The Avengers meanwhile are out in space and
have to contend with the menace of TRIPLE EVIL before they can
respond. Did I mention there’s a fight between giant hologram
versions of Captain America and Kang in space?!
Eve of Destruction:
The defacto finale of the post Claremont/pre Morrison X-men years
that a lot of people fondly remember but I’m not sure why. After the
Legacy Virus is cured Magento tries to take over the world again.
Writer Scott Lobdell’s most memorably odd moment in this one is the
inclusion of a Chibi-Apocalypse from the Mojoverse which he
apparently wanted to be the entire focus of the event.
Our first Ultimate Crossover. The US Government orders The Ultimates
to get in a punch-fest with the Ultimate X-Men.
The Avengers are attacked by a bizarre series of seemingly random
assaults that are revealed to be caused by the Scarlet Witch who has
gone insane because of a leftover plot-point from John Byrne’s West
Coast Avengers run. This marks a transitional period in which Bendis
moved away from doing beloved thoughtful character driven comics like
Ultimate Spider-Man & his Daredevil run to not universally
beloved big loud books.
The Sinister Six form and attack not only Spider-Man but the White
House. The Ultimates come to the rescue.
Not to be confused with Secret Wars (1984) or Secret Wars (2016.)
Nick Fury uncovers a plot by the new prime minister of Latvaria to
build an army of villains and engages in some dubious tactics to take
her down. Has some beautiful painted art by Gabriele Dell'Otto but it’s still a distant third place among comics with “Secret War” in the title.
The Ultimate X-Men meet the Ultimate Fantastic Four and ultimately
House of M:
Scarlet Witch magics a kinda neat alternate Earth ruled by Magneto
into existence. Then Marvel editorial decides to throw in the whole
“No More Mutants” thing and X-Men line is mucked up for years.
Secret/Ultimate Extinction: A
broadcast that disrupts Earth’s television and radio signals causes
people to commit suicide. Both S.H.I.E.LD. and the Ultimate X-Men
investigate and the Ultimate version of Vision debuts. It turns out
the cause of this is the Ultimate version of Galactus who some kind
swarm of robot space locusts that shoot feet lasers. Yeah…
cosmic heroes and villains alike unite to battle a massive
inter-dimensional army lead by Annihilus. Easily Marvel’s best
crossover of the decade and both a successful Nova series and the
Guardians of the Galaxy would spin off from this.
Congress passes a law requiring all super powered individuals to
register with the American Government. Both the pro and anti-sides
react in pretty stupid ways. Some genuine thrilling action pieces
but the plot is a hot mess. Needless to say the movie’s a lot better.
Ultimate Power: Linkara’s having a field day with this one.The Ultimate Universe Reed Richards sends inter-dimensional probes to
the Squadron Supreme’s Universe and things go horribly wrong. Like
Greg Land’s art…
World War Hulk:
Hulk returns from space after his “Planet Hulk” adventure and is
kind of steamed but responds in a dumb way. Read Planet Hulk
One More Day: Spider-Man
sells his marriage to the Devil and J. Michael Straczynski’s popular
run on the Spider-Man ends in a story so awful that he almost had his name
removed from the book.
Ultron seizes control of the Phalanx and becomes a threat to the
whole galaxy. Not as good as the first Annihilation but worth
Cable wants to save a baby so he can prevent his horrible apocalypse
future. Bishop wants to kill the same baby to prevent his horrible
apocalypse future. Wackiness ensues.
Secret Invasion: The
Skrulls spend years putting together a well thought out infiltration
of Earth’s super hero teams and then blows it by engaging an attack
on New York in broad daylight. Good dumb fun.
War of Kings: Hey
remember Vulcan that third Summers brother that they tried so hard to
make us care about? Well here he is going to war with The Inhumans.
You care about the Inhumans right?
Hey remember when Marvel’s Ultimate Universe was the hottest thing in
comics? Remember when the line was so popular Marvel actually billed
them as the gold standard by which the rest of their books were
judged? Remember how all it took was one bad Ultimates series and a
miserable gorefest of a crossover to send the whole brand tumbling to
irreversible decline? Could this possibly be the dumbest thing Marvel
Cable & Bishop are still fighting over Baby Hope. Cyclops
decides to send the brand new All-Stabby X-Force to Bishop’s timeline
and… dear god. I feel like I’m coming to the crushing realization
that X-Men Crossovers always suck.
At the height of Norman Osborn’s Dark Reign period he decides to form
his own evil team of X-Men. This doesn’t go over well with the real
X-Men, the All Stabby X-Force, or even his own Cabal team-mates.
See Blackest Night
Fall of the Hulks/Hulked Out
Heroes/World War Hulks: The end
of Jeff Loeb’s Hulk run is a big, confusion, ridiculous mess about
Modok forming an evil team of super geniuses. Among other things
their plot revolves around turning several superheroes into Hulks. I
see no way that could possibly backfire. Still it’s a lot better than